The Akils on The TV Biz and ‘Sparkle’ Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil don’t have a hybrid name like Brangelina but they are a Hollywood power couple. Mara’s created two hit shows starring African American characters-- ‘Girlfriends’ and its spin-off ‘The Game.’ Salim is a Producer-Director on ‘The Game’ and has directed ‘Jumping the Broom.’ Now they’ve worked on their first movie together, the remake of ‘Sparkle’ starring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston in her final film performance.
Elif Batuman: The Idiot Selin, the heroine of Batuman’s autobiographical first novel, The Idiot, is an 18-year-old Harvard freshman of Turkish-American descent. Set in 1995, the novel observes the rise of internet culture.
Trump cuts protections for ICE detainees, and Alaska saves Obamacare With the crackdown on illegal immigration, jail space is becoming harder to find. So the Trump administration is cutting back some of the regulations on immigrant detention centers. Also, when it comes to healthcare, Alaska’s insurance marketplace was on the brink of implosion until the state came up with a plan to save Obamacare.
'A Square Meal,' a kosher slaughter and Ukrainian Easter eggs Historian Andrew Coe explains how the Great Depression altered the 1930s’ food landscape, and contributor Sam Brasch witnesses a kosher slaughter. Artist Sofika Zielyk shows us how to decorate Ukrainian Easter eggs, Sandor Katz discusses his latest fermentation projects, and Dana Cree introduces her new book, “Hello, My Name is Ice Cream.” Plus: Laura Avery finds Swiss chard at the market, and Jonathan Gold dines at Kismet.
San Francisco, Santa Clara challenge Trump's sanctuary policies San Francisco and Santa Clara have filed suit to block President Trump’s executive order to withdraw federal funding from cities that don’t cooperate with federal immigration officials. A hearing is set for Friday.